You’ve read all the other blogs and posts about buying local gifts this season, but it’s worth repeating; Small businesses have had a tough year, but that’s not the only reason you should buy art/prints and illustrated goods as a gift. Here’s a quick list of why you should, followed by some shops from our Community.
When you buy art prints, don’t just pick an online store and buy the most popular stuff, especially if you’re looking for something unique. The best stuff can be found with some research. In fact, there’s nothing better than finding a relatively unknown artist who makes beautiful work. The more unknown, the more unique your piece will tend to be.
2. You just can’t go wrong
There are some gifts that are universally loved. These are typically consumables like chocolates, alcohol, artisan foods, or perhaps living things like flowers and plants. I think we can safely add art to that list. Art doesn’t take up too much space, and if chosen carefully, it doesn’t go out of style and rarely gets thrown away. Of course it helps immensely if you know the giftee’s taste in art.
3. It’s no longer expensive to buy art
You can find all sorts of art prints and artistic objects for a range of prices these days. You can get beautiful prints for a few Euros and you can get limited, archival prints for a bit more, but we are definitely living in the times of affordable art.
Not all expensive gifts are valuable, but most quality artwork has value, even though it might not be expensive as other things.
5. You will feel better for it
Buying mass produced items is a bit like eating junk food. It feels good as you’re doing it, but less so after you do. When you buy local and receive a handmade or independent gift, you get this nice warm feeling inside, and so does the seller!
6. You will score points with your friends
“Where did you get that?”
“This amazing local artist” sounds so much better than “Zara”
Are you ready to look at some local illustration work from our members? Prices range from as little as 5 Eu to about 150 Eu. Here we go!